25 February 2013

Kenya: Coast General Gets a Dialysis Machine

Photo: Capital FM
Change in lifestyle has been named as one of the causes of kidney problems in Kenya (file photo).

THE Kenya Commercial Bank Foundation yesterday donated adialysis machine to the Coast Provincial General Hospital.

Speaking at the hospital's dialysis unit, the foundation chairman Musa Ndeto said this is part of the foundation's campaign against non-communicable and lifestyle diseases that have become a major cause of death in the country.

The donation is part of a long-term program of to the foundation to equip all provincial hospitals in the country with dialysis machines, Ndeto said adding the foundation is concerned with the increasing health complications in the country especially those associated with lifestyles.

"Our lifestyles have become sedentary leading to an increase of lifestyle symptoms such as obesity, stress, high blood pressure and complications such as renal failure. We are committed to help in diagnosis and treatment of diseases caused by these complications," said Ndeto.

He said KCB foundation has invested over Sh15 million in equipping hospitals with functional dialysis machines and assist in training personnel to operate them.

The machines will add up to the eight dialysis machines currently at the coast provincial hospital easing the current congestion at the dialysis unit.

According to the Coast Provincial Director of Medical Services Dr.Khadija Shikelly, 32 patients are undergoing dialysis sessions at the facility which accommodates only seven patients per day. She said the hospital is however focused to raise the number to 16.

Ndeto said the foundation is at the forefront of supporting the Kenyatta National Hospital in setting the first kidney transplant centre in the region.

"KCB foundation is proud to complement government efforts to help improve health service delivery in this region," he said.The foundation has so far donated three dialysis machines to Kenyatta hospital, two machines to Consolata mission hospital in Nyeri and dialysis water treatment plants for Nakuru and Nyanza provincial hospitals.

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